Wednesday, October 15, 2014

My Addiction

Loose tea from Murchies in Vancouver, BC, Canada

Practically everyone in my family was/is a coffee drinker, so I have no idea why I prefer to drink tea. Perhaps, my paternal grandmother who grew up in England somehow willed at least one of her grandchildren share the love of a good cup of tea. That is the only explanation that makes any sense.

My mother sometimes drank tea, but I drink it almost exclusively. I'll take a hot, cup of unsweetened, black tea any day of the year and any time of day. I do not like herbal or green tea.

Several years ago, when my sisters and I visited Victoria Island and Vancouver, British Columbia, I discovered the Murchies Tea and Coffee shop.  The variety of teas (and even coffees) they offer is impressive. On that trip, I purchased several types of tea and have continued to order online from Murchies.

My latest order of tea included:

Government Street Blend
Ms. Grey
Editor's Blend
Earl Grey Cream
English Breakfast

In the future I want to try:

Canadian Breakfast - a traditional breakfast tea, with a Canadian maple flavouring. The maple helps to draw out the natural malty caramel flavours of the teas.

Golden Monkey - the dried leaf is mixed black and gold, with a musky, fruity, slightly grassy aroma and produces a rich deep red-gold liquor, very round, full-bodied flavour with a slight briskness. The flavour and aroma notes for this complex tea include dried apricot or plum, honey or burnt sugar, and possibly a slight smokiness or light maltiness and it has a lingering, soft, ‘fuzzy’ finish.

As far as addictions go, tea-drinking is fairly harmless.

Do you prefer coffee or tea? Green tea or black tea?

(I have not been paid to write this post, I am just a satisfied Murchies' customer)


13 comments:

  1. Just curious whether you put milk or cream in your tea?

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  2. Dark roast coffee with cream and just a little bit of sugar for me, please. I haven't developed a taste for hot tea yet, but I didn't drink coffee until I was in my 30s, so maybe one day...

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  3. Tea of any kind -- black, herbal, green, it's ALL good. My current favorite is Chai or Christmas Blend. But, my usual go to is Earl Grey.

    If we lived closer, we could share a wonderful cup of tea!

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  4. Coffee is my morning addiction, but I like tea better other times of the day. I like both hot and iced tea. But I do find that I'm not at all a fan of fruity flavored tea - same with coffee. I like it plain. Earl Grey is one of my favorites, and one exception to the "no fruity flavors" is a pomegranate tea that I like.

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  5. Coffee for me:) and I rarely have a cup of tea but the idea always seems nice.

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  6. Oh I'm a fan of both the coffee and the tea. However, I like a medium blend for coffee, as my stomach is more sensitive now through the years or, just a simple espresso, but no more french dark roast 3 cups!

    I think my tea tastes run close to yours. My favorites are Earl Grey and English Breakfast, but lately I have been drinking Rooibos flavors with my son. It's herbal/decaf but mimics the black tea in taste a bit.

    And since I am Asian, I am a huge fan of Jasmine and I like some green every now and again. I also like Thai tea, cold or hot. Cannot do White Tea, oh no, makes me shakey.

    hehe. I need some tea now!

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  7. I am a tea drinker as well but I have to have decaf. I'll have to check Murchies and see what they offer in decaf. Earl Grey Cream sounds yum! Thanks for the tip.

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  8. What kind is Lipton Tea? I like it on a cold day with a little sugar. I am not a fan of anything flavored...tea or coffee. I don't drink coffee anymore but I used to like Farmers Coffee it was a great cup of coffee, oh an egg coffee it would be hard for me to refuse a cup of that!:)

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  9. I love coffee. Zach loves Tea~! Troy loves a beer and some good TV

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  10. Too bad we can't get together for a tea party, eh? I like Earl Grey and English Breakfast among others.

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  11. Based on the comments, I think I need to see if I can revive my old tea swap blog after this gala is behind me. I think January is hot tea month... maybe your readers would enjoy a swap then?? I am desperate to try the Canadian Breakfast!

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  12. I like both tea and coffee. And a black tea is my favorite. Looks like you've got an ample supply to get you through the winter! I bet the tea you picked up in Canada is fantastic!

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  13. Yum! I do like my tea cold or hot. I like Earl Grey with its touch of bergamot. And, I do like green teas from some companies. Other greens taste like the grass smells after it has been mown. I'm a big fan of Republic of Tea but want to take a look at the one you recommended. Nothing like a good cup of traditional tea. I, too, wish we could all get together for a lovely cuppa.

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